Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mrs Anna Begitta Greenhead

Mrs A. B. Greenhead of 7, Second Avenue, Hayes, had first come to Hayes in 1915, joining the Labour Party in 1920. Elected as a Labour representative on Uxbridge Board of Guardians in 1925 and as a Labour councillor for Hayes Urban District Council in 1930. Elected as first woman Chairman (similar role to Town Mayor) of Hayes & Harlington Urban District Council in 1935-1936.

Elected Uxbridge Divisonal Labour Party Secretary in 1936 beating, Workers Union, Branch Secretary Douglas Page also of Hayes

also Secretary Hayes Labour Party

The local newspaper stated “Council work has become her full time occupation” and that

“Mrs Greenhead's energetic devotion to the public work with which she has been associated herself is admired by all who has any knowledge of the extent of her efforts for the welfare of the district she serves”

Mrs Greehead speaking of her year as Chairman 1935-1936 that while it had been had been a difficult year " her special consideration during the time she had served had always been the children and Hayes Council was doing all possible to persuade Middlesex County Council to put a scheme of feeding necessitous into operation".

Mrs Anna
Greenhead stated that a scheme had been developed of Cranford Park similar to the layout at Gunnersbury Park, Acton

In 1937 lost as Official Labour candidate to Wilfred Sutcliffe "Genuine Labour" a Trade union clerk of 68 Central Avenue, Hayes by 82 votes in the 1937 Middlesex County Council Election for Hayes.